As much as a group chat can make sending a message so much easier, it is important to also not abuse those privileges.
10 Group Chat Etiquette Tips:
1. Don’t Create Massive Groups
Most messaging apps that let you create groups have a member limit in the double digits. But don’t take that as a challenge! Even if you are using the group chat to send notifications or bulletin updates, can you imagine if everyone posted a note of acknowledgement for every notice released? A “Meeting next Friday at 9.30pm” may get 99 “Got its” and “Okays.” And while we’re on the subject…
2. Don’t Include Unknown People into Groups
It is best to only include people who everyone else in the group chat knows. I don’t know about you but I most definitely do not want an unknown person having access to my number. While it may help save you time from having to send the same message to multiple people, what’s to stop him from offering a bank loan, insurance, or any other product he is selling to the rest of the group?
3. Don’t Talk to Just One Person
You know why you made this chat right? To talk to everyone. If you have something specific to bring up with one person, have a separate chat outside of the group.
4. Don’t Bring Up Irrelevant Topics
Keep to the purpose of the chat. Is the chat made to discuss a group project? Stick to the scope of your assignment until the job gets done. Anything else (outside of the chat’s purpose) can be dealt with in a private chat, or better yet, in person.
5. Don’t Send Dubious and Unnecessary Content
As you are chatting, do keep in mind to keep your content clean, appropriate, and more importantly spam-free.
6. Don’t Spam. Period.
Seeing as how a group chat is supposed to help you type fewer instances of the same message, don’t make the purpose redundant by repeating the same thing over and over aka spamming the rest of the group. Read through the whole chat to find out if there is already an answer to the question you want to ask the group. This will prevent repetition of the same points while proving you understand the concept of group chat history.
7. Don’t Stay Silent
Make sure you say something if you are added into a group. You are added there for a reason, perhaps for your input and contribution on an issue. Try to be part of the group by adding in your opinion.
8. Don’t Send One-Word Answers
As an extension from #7, don’t just leave one-word or one-letter answers, k? Ok – or k for short – can mean a lot of things. Ok, you saw the message, or Ok, you agree with the statement, or Ok, the direction we’re heading at is good? Which k are you okaying?
9. Don’t Message “After” Hours
If you’re not going to call someone at 3.30am in the morning, why in the world would you send everyone a message in such an ungodly hour? Unless it’s an emergency that involves life and/or death, don’t disrupt everyone’s sleeping hours just because you can’t wait until the next morning to send your text.
10. It’s Time to Say Goodbye
Once the reason for the group chat is over, it is time to take your leave and exit the group. Group chats aren’t meant to last forever. As much as you want the camaraderie to last, sometimes it is better to meet up face to face.
P.S. I don’t care if you think emotions should be a language, don’t overdo the emoticons just because messaging apps make it ridiculously easy for you to do so.
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